Every student should have access to schools with the resources, opportunities, and supports that make academic success possible and that create strong ties among families, students, schools, and community. That’s what community schools provide. They are a powerful, evidence-based strategy for creating excellent schools for every student, regardless of their race, family income level, or the zip code in which they live.
This guide provides tools for policymakers, community leaders, allies, and advocates who want to advance community schools as a strategy to improve schools, provide more equitable opportunities, and prepare students for success in life and as citizens. It builds on a large body of research and excellent resources that have been developed by community school advocates and practitioners and has benefited from the review and input of local and national experts in the field.